Moving to a new place can be overwhelming, especially when that new place is a completely different country that you may have never been in before. If you are immigrating to the United States as a lawful permanent resident, it is important that you have an idea of what to expect. Hopefully, you have prepared for your move into the country by securing housing, employment, learning some basic English, and other things that may make your transition into your new life a little easier.
First, you should be sure that you have your immigration Visa Packet prepared by the time you get to the Port of Entry into the United States. Once you do that, granted everything goes as planned, you will be officially admitted into the United States as a legal permanent resident. All lawful permanent residents will need to obtain their Green Card.
When you go to get your Green Card, the USCIS will have to determine whether you have paid the Immigrant fee. Most people will make the decision to pay this fee as soon as they receive their Immigrant Visa Packet before they come to the United States. There may be some situations that would exempt you from paying this fee, which may include those who are children who enter the United States upon being adopted by a U.S. Citizen or a permanent resident, K-Visa holders, special Iraqi and Afghan immigrants, and those who are returning permanent residents.
If you have questions about what you should do first upon entering the United States or whether you may be exempt from a fee, contact our firm today.
John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. If you have any questions regarding these matters, please contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C. and obtain your initial consultation.